BS 5837 Tree Constraints Plans (TCP)

Planning Permssion

This would ideally be used as part of the design process to work around the trees where possible and retain the important ones. The local authority tree officer may require the information as part of your submission, or alternatively may have requested the information as a condition.

Within the overall Plan

This develops from the BS 5837 tree report, BS 5837 Tree Constraints Plan (TCP), BS 5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment and BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP).

Protecting Trees

The main constraints will be the stem diameter crown spread tree height and the root protection area calculated from the stem diameter also condition, category, and hazards and work recommendations, their life expectancy, crown spread, lowest significant branch, current and expected maximum height, life stage, physical and structural condition

Plans

Trees can be plotted on the TCP, to show these visually, in 2D, on a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. We use KeyTree and AutoCAD. In the future with Digital Arboriculture and Building Information Technology (BIM) this will be possible in 3D and 4D (representing changes over time).

Are you looking for a BS5837 tree constraints plan (TCP) to enable you to get planning permission for your proposed project? This would ideally be used as part of the design process to work around the trees where possible and retain the important ones. The local authority tree officer may require the information as part of your submission, or alternatively may have requested the information as a condition.

Whether you are a developer, architect or planning consultant with multiple large sites, a builder with small to large sites on the go or an individual householder organising and project managing your own extension works. We are able to assist you in all of these situations for you to achieve your goal.

This develops from the BS 5837 tree report and is used to feed into the BS 5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) and BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP).

This will then identify the issues to be addressed on the BS 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP), and measures to be addressed with the BS 5837 Arboricultural Supervision and any necessary Tree Replacement Planting.
It is important to assess the constraints of the trees on and adjacent to the site at the outset of any development.

The main constraints will be the stem diameter crown spread tree height and the root protection area calculated from the stem diameter, but is also important to record the condition, category, and hazards and work recommendations, their life expectancy, crown spread to the four cardinal points, crown, lowest significant branch height and direction, current and expected maximum height, life stage, physical and structural condition and the theoretical RPA.

These can then be plotted on the TCP, to show these visually, in 2D, on a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. We use KeyTree and AutoCAD. In the future with Digital Arboriculture and Building Information Technology (BIM) this will be possible in 3D and 4D (representing changes over time).

These plans will need to be to scale, with the scale and paper size record on all versions along with the north arrow and a suitable key.

It is important to assess the site topography and any natural or manmade obstructions to the root development of trees, and account for any past ground disturbances, changes in surface covering and tree works that have been undertaken. These can better inform the tree constraints plan and therefore the project design.

We have examples of these on our Tree Constraints Plan below.

We have recently working in London, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire and all across the south of England. We have recently successfully worked in numerous local authorities and like to build productive relationships with tree officers.

Local authorities where we have had recent success include Esher, Walton on Thames, Surbiton, Egham, Elmbridge, Reigate, Portsmouth, Crawley, Tonbridge, Bracknell, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Oxford and Cambridge as well as the London Boroughs of Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Hounslow, Lewisham, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond Upon Thames, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston Upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Waltham forest and Wandsworth.

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Frequently asked questions

These BS5837 elements are all important for a smooth and successful planning process. The local authority tree officer can ask for any or all of these to better enable him to assess your planning application.

  • BS 5837 Tree Report
  • BS5837 Tree Survey
  • BS5837 Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AMS)
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)
  • BA 5837 Tree Protection Plan (TPP)
  • BS 5837 Tree Protection Plans (TCP)
  • BS 5837 Arboricultural Supervision